HOBOKEN, NJ (March 26, 2022) –Stevens Institute of Technology scored three times in the fourth quarter but failed to beat Stevenson University 13-11 on Saturday in a non-conference game at DeBaun Athletic Complex.
Senior Camryn Rogers scored four times and senior Natalie Fitzpatrick and second Emilie Leiby each scored twice for the Ducks, who saw their season-opening eight-game winning streak come to an end.
Caroline Murphy scored five goals and Kara Yarusso and Kaitlyn Kozlowski each scored two goals for the Mustangs, who tied their record at 4-4. Stevenson leads the all-time series 3-2.
Junior Zoe Cook joined the eldest Morgan Westerby and junior Maddie Schmidt finding the back of the net for the Ducks, who saw eight different student-athletes find the scoresheet. First year Smart Emily and junior Julienne Murphy each recorded an assist to round out the Ducks’ score.
Senior lauren cunniff made 11 saves in the cage for the Ducks. The Montgomery, New Jersey native has stopped double-digit shots in six of her last seven contests. Sophie Shucosky made eight saves to give Stevenson the win.
After lightning delayed the start of the game, it was the Ducks who fired. Fitzpatrick scored his 11th of the year after two minutes to give Stevens an early lead. Rogers doubled the lead less than a minute later, finding the back of the net for the 37th time. Between goals, Westerby kept possession for the Ducks, scoring the first of four draws.
A second flash alert halted play shortly after Rogers’ first goal of the day and the break in play proved to be a turning point in the competition as when play resumed the Mustangs scored a pair of goals 13 seconds apart. Murphy’s first goal of the game put Stevenson on the board and Kozlowski followed with his 10th of the year on the Mustangs’ next possession.
The teams traded goals for the remainder of the first half to enter the deadlocked intermission at seven o’clock. Murphy scored for the fourth time to open the scoring in the third quarter, before Rogers scored his seventh hat-trick 90 seconds later to level the teams again.
Stevenson scored four unanswered goals to take a 12-8 lead, but the Ducks scored the first three goals of the final period to cut their deficit to one. Schmidt kicked the scoring with his 11th of the year and was followed by tallies from Rogers and Leiby.
After Leiby’s free position goal, Fitzpatrick gained control of the ensuing coin toss to return possession to the Ducks, but a foul was called on the Ducks and Stevenson managed to clear the ball and added a goal key insurance with just over three minutes left in regulation.
Fitzpatrick again managed to control the toss to give the Ducks a fighting chance, but Shucosky recorded two saves in the final two and a half minutes to preserve Stevenson’s victory.
Ducks forced 11 Mustang turnovers, with seniors Meredith Colin causing two to lead the ducks. Kozlowski recorded three provoked turnovers to lead Stevenson.
The teams were closely matched in the draw, with Stevens holding a 15-13 advantage. Rogers and Westerby each had four draw checks to lead the way, while Fitzpatrick, Leiby and Conlin each had one. Murphy had three to direct Stevenson.
Stevenson had a 15-10 advantage on ground balls. Kozlowski led the Mustangs effort with three, while Cunniff had three to lead the Ducks.
The Ducks were perfect at clearing the ball, going 16 for 16. Stevenson was successful on 15 of 17 attempts.
A key stat in the contest was shot conversion from the free position, with the Ducks scoring on four of their 10 attempts, while Stevenson went 2-for-6. Rogers went 2-for-3 from eight yards, while Leiby and Cook in added one each. Kozlowski and Mary Marc had free position goals for the Mustangs.
following: Women’s Lacrosse hosts DeSales at the DeBaun Athletic Complex on March 30. The contest is the third in a four-game homestand. The teams have only met once in their history, with the Ducks outscoring the Bulldogs 18-3 at Center Valley last April.
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